November 27, 2019 3.06 pm This story is over 48 months old

Lincoln Cathedral’s beacon lights return after nine months

Lincoln’s beacon is back from the dark

Lincoln Cathedral is basking in a new eco-friendly lighting system after nine months of darkness.

The cathedral officially switched on the lights at 8.30pm on Tuesday to mark the Light Up a Life event, where people come together to remember loved ones.

To mark the St Barnabas Hospice event, the cathedral lit up in blue and yellow as a special nod to the charity.

Photo: Steve Smailes for the Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

As previously reported, work started in March to install 500 LED lights to replace the old system which was installed in 1972.

The new LED system will bring energy savings of about 80%.

Orange-tinted floodlights have been replaced with softer white lights to highlight the cathedral’s intricate stonework.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

From now on the cathedral will glow a soft white from dusk and will start to slowly fade until it is off completely at around 2am.

People can expect a big variety of lights for the Lincoln Christmas Market when it starts next week. Read our superguide here.